Classic Tourtière


  • Prep Time25 mins
  • Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
  • Makes8 servings
*PLUS 1 hour 20 min chilling time
Classic Tourtière

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

This classic tourtière, with its flaky pastry and spiced meat filling, will fill your kitchen with all the delicious smells of the holiday season.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup cold lard, cubed

  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1/4 cup ice water


  • 2 tbsp canola oil

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 tsp dried leaves of summer savoury

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp celery salt

  • 3/4 tsp pepper

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 454 g medium ground beef

  • 225 g medium ground pork

  • 1/2 cup peeled, grated russet potato

  • 1/2 cup no-salt beef broth

  • 1 cup chopped parsley

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 egg yolk, mixed with 1 tsp water, for egg wash


  • PASTRY: Whirl flour and salt in a food processor until combined. Add lard and pulse 12 times until fine. Add butter and, while pulsing 7 or 8 times, quickly add ice water through the feed tube until dough just comes together. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Flatten into discs and refrigerate until firm, 1 hr.

  • FILLING: Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add bacon, garlic, onion and spices and cook for 5 min. Add beef, pork, potato and broth. Use a potato masher to mash meat until crumbly. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 min. Add parsley and maple syrup and cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 5 min. Spread filling out on a large baking sheet set over a rack to cool completely, 30 min.

  • POSITION rack in bottom of oven, then preheat to 400F.

  • ROLL 1 dough on a lightly floured surface to a scant 1/4-in. thickness. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate, letting excess hang over edge. Refrigerate for 20 min. Roll remaining dough to ¼-in. thickness, then refrigerate.

  • ADD filling to pie and smooth top. Place dough over filling. Trim both doughs to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top edge underneath and crimp. Brush with egg wash, then cut 2-in. vents in the pastry using a paring knife. Bake on a baking sheet on bottom rack of oven until pastry is golden brown and filling is hot, 50 to 60 min. Cover with foil during the last 10 to 15 min, if browning too quickly. Let stand for 20 min before serving.

Make-ahead tip

Make pie a day ahead. Let cool and refrigerate overnight. Cover with foil and reheat at 375F until warmed through, 30 min.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 588, Protein 23g, Carbohydrates 32g, Fat 41g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 867mg.
Excellent source of Vitamin B12.

For a twist on Classic Tourtière, try our Tourtière Tart.

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